Course Abstract Details

PSYC-210, Human Development Through the Life Span

Credits: 3

Course Description

PSYC-210, Human Development Through the Life Span, is a survey of the biological, psychological, and social changes which accompany the developmental process. The content includes a study of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the individual from conception to death. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:  This course is designed to provide the student with a broad survey of the content of human development and its methodology. By the end of the semester you will: 

1. Describe, recognize, and apply the basic developmental research methods. (GE3, PG1, PG2) 

2. Describe the contributions of major developmental theorists and analyze situations from each perspective. (GE 2, PG1, PG2) 

a. Freud, Erikson - psychodynamic  

b. Piaget - cognitive  

3. Describe, recognize, and make predictions based on the major positions on the causes of development. (PG1, PG2, GE2, GE3, GE6) 

a. nature versus nurture  

b. maturation versus learning  

c. free will versus determinism  

d. individuality versus universality  

e. Describe the influence of genes, families, and culture.  

4. Describe the major developmental trends and issues in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development and death and dying. (PG1, PG 2) 

5. Complete written oral assignments requiring the application and explanation of course topics. (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG3, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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